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Address: 1 Higashiyamamachiishiyama, Aizuwakamatsu 965-0813, Fukushima Prefecture
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Good history lesson

Interesting overview of how the feudal lord and samurai of the time lived. Includes background about the invasion during the Boshin War and how the Aizu women refused to be taken... read more

Reviewed 14 June 2016
Bob W
Tokyo, Japan
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36 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Personally I thought the 850 yen entrance fee is quite costly though the samurai houses are quite well maintained. There are quite a few houses there so taking a slow stroll visiting each of them can be quite nice.

Thank Joni H
Taipei, Taiwan
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54 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 March 2017

The old residence is just next to the bus station where you could drop the luggage at the locker (of the station), wander the attraction for an hour or so, and continue your journey by the bus to Aizu train station. It is one of the very well maintained historical site that provides a good idea of how samurai family... More 

Thank Justine L
Melbourne, Australia
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30 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 October 2016

A large and informative site giving insight into samurai lifestyle and local history. There's a town bus stop at the entrance.

Thank ozzie_wanderlust
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614 reviews
372 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 136 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 September 2016

this big complex is a place for learning culture of living and manner s of samurais and their family in the way they greet their guests, how they raise their childern, the way they built their residences for protecting enemy from unexpected attacks.there took me for learning samurai culture and end of this clan within around 40 minutes to 1... More 

Thank jajavalB
Tokyo, Japan
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34 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 June 2016

Interesting overview of how the feudal lord and samurai of the time lived. Includes background about the invasion during the Boshin War and how the Aizu women refused to be taken hostage.

Thank Bob W
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236 reviews
236 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 April 2016

Also called Karou-yashiki, or "Manor of the Chief Retainer," this Buke-yashiki in Aizu is a reconstructed Edo-jidai manor house of the Saigo family, led by Saigo Tanomotei. The Saigo family were the chief retainers of the prestigious Aizu-Matsudaira clan. The building stands as it did in the late 18th century, as the layout of the mansion was recorded at that... More 

Thank ART196
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31 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 June 2015

Had a great time looking at a real life Samurai residence. There were sufficient information in English which was just good for me as I'm not so good in Japanese. If you spend few extra yens, you can get to make Aizu's traditional dolls like Akabeko, which i had done and it was really a wonderful experience. I hope to... More 

Thank akiko_hiura
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148 reviews
54 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 August 2014 via mobile

This is the place to get an accurate sense of what upper class Samurai life was like. Beautiful grounds. Detailed portrail of how the house was used. You can feel how they lived for 300 years.

1 Thank kiddydoc1
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 356 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 January 2014

Aizu Bukeyashiki was the mansion of the top ranked Samurai in Aizu. It is a large complex as it includes housing for his family, employees and servants. It is well worth a visit.

2 Thank StanleyAuckland
Tokyo, Japan
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58 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 October 2013

Aizu's samurai residence is a well kept area-- there's a good amount of English throughout and a series of mannequins set up in the rooms to give a feel for their lives. Lots of tiny details that I haven't noticed in other houses, like security measures in the bathroom to prevent sneak attacks and the working mill in the back.... More 

2 Thank J L

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